The Golden Age of Light Music - Melody Mixture
Track listing below
It does what it says, this disc. There’s no overarching theme, just a selection of good tunes played by some elite performers in performances ranging from 1947 to 1961.
There have been so many releases in this series that it’s well nigh impossible to check, but I wonder how often, if at all, Ludo Philipp has appeared as conductor. He leads the Symphonia Orchestra in Dolf van der Linden’s Cab Rank quickly followed by Wal-Berg covering Ellington’s Caravan on a Barclay LP, which he does with a certain amount of conviction.It was Dimitri Tiomkin who adapted and arranged Down Under from the film called The Sundowners and it was Tommy Reilly who did the harmonica honours with Wally Stott and his orchestra, a really vibrant piece of work all round.
David Rose leads a truly evocative Gloria’s Theme and The Symphonia Orchestra is back but this time conducted by Curt Andersen in a cheeky rendition of the suitably light-hearted With Tongue in Cheek. The Canadian Bruce Campbell contributes a droll charmer of an arrangement in Spinette showing that there many more ways to skin the Light Music cat. A particularly fine programming conjunction occurs when Fred Hartley’s romantic warmth is juxtaposed with the lush astral allure of Laurie Johnson’s I Aim at the Stars.
Louis Voss was an exceptional musician and his confidently orchestrated and performed performance of Bernard Harris’s Peacock in Piccadilly is notable for its executant excellence. I assume it’s Swiss maestro Tom Wyler who plays the extended fiddle solo in Galop in Strings.
Van der Linden finally puts in appearances at the helm of his band, recording for both Paxton (as ‘Paul Franklin’) and under his own name for Brunswick, this last being a solid tango called, guess what, Tango of the Flowers. Then in the final stretch of this disc, no fewer than three of the last four tracks are given over to him. The odd one out is the zippy automobile jaunt of Route Nationale, played with Gallic insouciance by the Paris Studio Orchestra under Philippe Pares in 1959. 

The notes are once again first class. David Ades has my admiration for finding new things to say about old favourites, even if I sense, now and then, that even he puts his head in his hands once in a while and asks himself: what on earth is left to say about David Rose and Mantovani?
Jonathan Woolf 
No overarching theme, just a selection of good tunes 

see also review by John France   


1 Cab Rank Dolf van der Linden THE SYMPHONIA ORCHESTRA Conducted by LUDO PHILIPP 2:47
2 Mr. Lucky (theme from the TV series) Henry Mancini FRANK CORDELL AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:16
3 Caravan Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington WAL-BERG AND HIS ORCHESTRA 4:46
4 Down Under (from the film 'The Sundowners') Adapted and Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin TOMMY REILLY, Harmonica with WALLY STOTT AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:29
5 Gloria's Theme from 'Butterfield 8' Bronislau Kaper, Hal David DAVID ROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:53
6 Bilbao-Song (from 'Happy End') Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:00
7 With Tongue In Cheek Trevor Duncan, real name Leonard Trebilco THE SYMPHONIA ORCHESTRA Conducted by CURT ANDERSEN 2:48
8 Spring Collection Peter Hope THE CRAWFORD LIGHT ORCHESTRA 2:49
9 Scurry For Strings Lester B. Hart DOLF VAN DER LINDEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (as 'The Harmonic Orchestra Conducted by David Johnson' on disc label) 3:07
10 Spinette Murray Newman, arr. Bruce Campbell BRUCE CAMPBELL AND HIS ORCHESTRA ('Coronet Orchestra' on disc label) 2:44
11 The Cool Caballero Bernie Wayne, real name Bernard Weitzner BERNIE WAYNE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:17
12 Pleasure Island Ron Goodwin RON GOODWIN AND HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA 2:29
13 Alma Mia Fred Hartley FRED HARTLEY AND HIS MUSIC 2:47
14 I Aim At The Stars (theme from the film) Laurie Johnson LAURIE JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:31
15 Dear Old Pals Angela Morley TELECAST ORCHESTRA Conducted by ANGELA MORLEY (as 'Walter Stott') 2:58
16 Leaps And Bounds Cyril Watters DOLF VAN DER LINDEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (as 'Paul Franklin' on disc label) 2:31
17 Tango Of The Flowers Juan Rosa DOLF VAN DER LINDEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:39
18 Peacock In Piccadilly Wilfred Burns, real name Bernard Wilfred Harris LOUIS VOSS AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:53
19 Continental Highways Harold Geller GROUP-FORTY ORCHESTRA Conducted by LAURIE JOHNSON 2:31
20 Galop On Strings Tom Wyler, real name Toni Leutwiler THE HARMONIC STRINGS Conducted by TOM WYLER 2:19
21 Guaracha (No. 3 of Latin American Symphonette) Morton Gould SIDNEY TORCH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:13
22 Brandy Snaps Peter Yorke DOLF VAN DER LINDEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (as 'The Harmonic Orchestra Conducted by David Johnson' on disc label) 2:43
23 Chicken Noodle Peter Dennis, real name Dennis Alfred Berry DOLF VAN DER LINDEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (as 'Paul Franklin' on disc label) 2:52
24 Route Nationale Roger Roger THE PARIS STUDIO ORCHESTRA Conducted by PHILIPPE PARES 2:56
25 On Stage Billy Mack, real names Walter Collins, William MacDonnell DOLF VAN DER LINDEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (as 'Paul Franklin' on disc label) 2:21 

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